In the first article in this series (Inside GNSS, July/August, 2010) we looked at the range of tasks that require GNSS signal simulation during design, manufacturing, certification, and maintenance of GNSS equipment. The second installment (Inside GNSS, September, 2010) described a range of simulation solutions.
In this final article, we try to find a simulation solution that best suits a particular task.By Inside GNSS
GNSS utilization of the S-band portion of the radio spectrum provides some challenges to designers of both GNSS navigation signals as well as signals used by other services, in terms of interference avoidance and signal power.
An important existing user of S-band spectrum is the Globalstar communications satellite system. The voice and data services provided by Globalstar employ the 2483.5–2500 MHz band for its satellite downlink communications to user terminals. Additionally, these satellites use multi-beam antennas to enable frequency reuse.By Inside GNSS
(UPDATED September 27) Japan’s first quasi-zenith satellite launched successfully from the Tanegashima space center on September 11, 2010 and reached its quasi-zenith orbit on Monday, September 27.
Michibiki means to guide or lead the way, appropriate for the first entry into Japan’s satellite augmentation program that will vastly improve GNSS accuracy over Japan and the rest of East Asia.By Inside GNSS
A completely GPS-based navigation solution is generally not feasible in GNSS signal–challenged environments such as urban canyons. However, even in these difficult environments a partial set of GPS signal measurements may still be available. For instance, one or two satellites are generally still visible even in dense urban canyons.By Inside GNSS
A Proton-M carrier rocket successfully launched three GLONASS-M satellites into orbit early this morning (September 2, 2010, Moscow time) from the Baiknour space center in Kazakhstan. Another launch on November 30 will send three more M-type satellites into orbit, and the first GLONASS-K is scheduled to go up on December 25.
The imminent completion of a full constellation by the end of the year is accompanied by a vigorous policy initiative to promote Russia’s revitalized GNSS.By Inside GNSS
The U.S. Air Force declared the first GPS Block IIF satellite (SVN62) operational today (August 27, 2010), changing the spacecraft’s navigation signal status to healthy at about 10:10 a.m. (EDT or 4:10 a.m. UTC).
Launched May 28, the satellite became the responsibility of the USAF 50th Space Wing on August 26,By Inside GNSS
High-precision users of GNSS are used to solving for carrier phase integer ambiguities, but the recent publication of a GPS technical document has fixed a different kind of phase ambiguity — a linguistic oneBy Inside GNSS
More than two years into a multi-billion-dollar contract, the Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS Block III satellites continues to defy the physics of large aerospace programs by successfully completing the program’s Critical Design Review (CDR) phase last week — two months ahead of the baseline schedule.By Inside GNSS
[Updated August 1, 2010] China’s state news agency has reported that the fifth Compass (Beidou-2) satellite — the system’s first inclined geostationary orbit (IGSO) spacecraft — was launched successfully at 5:30 a.m. Sunday (August 1 — local time) from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern Sichuan ProvinceBy Inside GNSS